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Blue Sapphire Reportedly from Badakhshan, Afghanistan

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by Wim Vertriest, Ungkhana Atikarnsakul, Victoria Raynaud, Charuwan Khowpong, and Vincent Pardieu

Recently, Habib Khan (Royal Gems Stone, Bangkok) donated a parcel of more than 40 rough sapphires to the GIA laboratory in Bangkok. Mr. Khan reported that they were mined from a new deposit in Badakhshan Province of northeastern Afghanistan. A few days later, Kamran Wahidy from the city of Fayzabad informed author VP of a new sapphire deposit near Khash in Badakhshan…

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